ABC SUPERFOODS: F is for Flaxseed



Flaxseed can be used for various things, including making linens, so its Latin name actually means, “most useful.” It is most highly praised for containing essential Omega-3s, a nutrient that is often lacking in the standard American diet. Two tablespoons of flaxseed contain 2.6 grams of protein, 15% of the recommended daily fiber value, and 4% of the daily calcium value. It contains a compound called alpha-linolenic acid, which reduce inflammation-causing chemicals called prostaglandins. It has also been proven to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, lower the risk for breast and prostate cancers, and is also chock-full of antioxidants.

At the Market

-Purchase ground flaxseed at most local supermarkets or health food stores.

In the Kitchen

-Add one tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your salad at lunch or oatmeal in the morning.

-You can also substitute about a 1/4c of the flour called for in your baked good recipes for ground flaxseed (I do this all the time).


Oil-Free Flax Dressing

6 Tbsp nutritional yeast
3 Tbsp tamari or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
6 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
3 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
3 tsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1/4 cup cold water

Combine all ingredients in blender and mix well. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe taken from

How do you use flaxseed?